Saturday, January 1, 2011

Scary Movie 4

Scary Movie 4; Parody, USA, 2006; D: David Zucker, S: Anna Faris, Craig Bierko, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Bill Pullman, Leslie Nielsen, Molly Shannon, Carmen Electra, Chris Elliott, Michael Madsen, Cloris Leachman, Charlie Sheen, James Earl Jones

Dr. Phil and Shaquille O'Neal wake up trapped in a basement and try to escape from it through a slam dunk. At the same time, Cindy finds a job as a nurse for an older lady in a haunted house and discovers the ghost of a child who seeks her father. On another place, Tom Ryan has to flee with his children Robbie and Rachel when giant triPods attack and destroy the city. The US president doesn't know what to do. Cindy and Brenda go to a village where people still live as if it is the 19th Century. There they get abducted by the triPod. However, they convince the main villain, the Puppet Billy, to stop the attack because his ghost child demands it so.

The 4th installment of the "Scary Movie" series doesn't offer any new improvements, which means it is another example of 'garbage humor' where anything, no matter how bad, can pass. The story? Just a bunch of episodes annexed sloppily together to form a typical crude "Scary Movie" chaos, including stupid attempts at humor like hitting a little girl's leg by closing the door of a car, James Earl Jones getting hit by a bus or Charlie Sheen fighting with his giant erect penis after drinking too much Viagra. It is difficult to comprehend how something so primitive and so backward can even be considered for production, but profit seems to have some other criteria than enlightening the public. There are moments which are so awful they almost reach the "heights" of the disastrous "Date Movie". David Zucker could have done a lot better since his brilliant parody "Airplane!" is better and constructively funnier than all "Scary Movies" put together, yet here it seems as if the awful script, written by deranged people, contaminated the whole film. Still, it at least has five good jokes. For instance, after the triPods attack the USA, Brenda shows Cindy the tape of a destroyed city in ruins on TV and says: "This is Detroit" - and then she shows her another tape with the identical Detroit, just with triPods with it and says: "This is Detroit after the triPods". Leslie Nielsen manages to squeeze a few useful jokes here and there while the best job was done by Craig Bierko. He appears in the final and best sequence of the entire film, hilariously spoofing the Tom Cruise interview with Oprah Winfrey by jumping up and down and tearing the couch with his teeth because he is "so in love with Cindy". It would have saved the film, but even that funny sequence was ruined in the moment where he put the palms of his hands on Oprah's and broke them.


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